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“A different attraction for those not familiar with Asian culture”
Review of Man Mo Temple

Man Mo Temple
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Owner description: The Man Mo Temple Compound on Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan comprising three blocks, namely Man Mo Temple, Lit Shing Kung and Kung Sor, was built approximately between 1847 and 1862 by wealthy Chinese merchants. Man Mo Temple was built mainly for the worship of Man Cheong (God of Literature) and Mo Tai (God of Martial Arts). Lit Shing Kung was built for the worship of all heavenly gods. Kung Sor was used as a meeting place and for resolving matters related to the Chinese community in the area. The three blocks are separated by two alleys. The Temple was officially entrusted to Tung Wah Hospital with the enactment of the Man Mo Temple Ordinance in 1908. Even nowadays, the Directors of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals and community celebrities still congregate in the Temple every year at the Autumn Sacrificial Rites to pay homage to Man Cheong and Mo Tai as well as to invoke prosperity of Hong Kong. The Temple has imperative historical and social values to the territory, representing the traditional social organization and religious practices of the Chinese community in old Hong Kong. Man Mo Temple is a two-hall-three-bay structure fronted by two granite drum platforms. A pair of screen doors is placed in the front hall. Following the traditional Chinese architectural layout, the rear hall housing the altars of the deities is a few steps higher than the front hall. Between the two halls is a covered courtyard flanked by two side chambers with humpbacked roofs. The courtyard is covered with a double-eaved hip-and-gable roof supported by four granite columns at the corners of the courtyard. Lit Shing Kung, which is attached to the left of Man Mo Temple, was originally a three-hall-two-courtyard structure. The two courtyards were later covered by steel roofs. Kung Sor is a simple one-hall structure. The historic granite doorframe on which the year of construction of Kung Sor can be found is still well preserved. The magnificent Man Mo Temple Compound is a fine example of traditional Chinese vernacular architecture. It is exquisitely decorated with ceramic figurines, granite carvings, wood carvings, plaster mouldings and murals, reflecting superb traditional craftsmanship.
Reviewed July 6, 2013 via mobile

A relatively small temple, but has all the photo opportunities you may as for. They don't allow flash photography but that's not a problem. You can make a simply prayer and buy insence for as little as $8 HKG. There's also a shop on the right front side of the temple. There a couple fortune tellers and a small shop. My wife and I walked there after the Victoria Peak. About a 20-min normal walk.

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Reviewed June 25, 2013

C1 ( 2013.06.20 )
This temple was small and charmingly. and located in center of city. In the temple, interior decoration was very good, and the smell of incense was full. The overall atmosphere was good, but something to see was not many. So I was disappoint a bit than I expect.

Thank CanisHan
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Reviewed May 13, 2013

When I have seen photos of this temple, there appears to be what looks like the rocket engines from the Apollo space rocket. When I entered this temple, it was clear they were spirals of burning incense hanging from the ceiling. With people lighting great handfuls of these sticks, there was a very strong smell of incense.

Photos are allowed provided flash is switched off.

Thank binonatrip
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

This temple was interesting but small. It is hidden on Hong Kong Island and you would probably pass right by if you weren't looking for it. It was beautiful inside and it was nice to see the locals lighting incense and meditating. If you go, afterward look for the mid-level escalators which are not far and, in my opinion, fascinating.

Thank Cathy H
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

Small temple in the middle of Soho. Love the hanging incense spirals, giving the place a magic athmosphere. Incense smell is quite strong, deserve a short visit

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